Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Using InputBox to Get Data.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 17, 2018)
If you are developing a simple custom application in Excel, you may want to use the InputBox function to retrieve information from the user, and then place that information in a particular place in a worksheet. This can be easily done in the following manner:
UserValue = InputBox("Value to use?") Cells(1, 1).Value = UserValue
These two lines, when inserted into a macro, prompt the user for input. This input is assigned to the UserValue variable by the InputBox function. The contents of this variable are then deposited in cell A1 of the current worksheet using the Cells method. If you prefer, you could also use the Range object to specify a location for the value, as shown here:
UserValue = InputBox("Value to use?") Range("B3").Value = UserValue
This example deposits the value of UserValue into cell B3.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2290) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Using InputBox to Get Data.
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